Otter Creek Otter San

Otter Creek Otter San

Rated 2.820 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Otter Creek Brewing Company

Middlebury, VT, United States

Style:  Amber Ale

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Otter Creek Brewing's eleventh beer on the "OTTER CREEK WORLD TOUR" is inspired by Japan. Otter San is a full-bodied pale amber ale brewed with rice, pilsner malt, Hallertauer hops, authentic Koji, and sake yeast. As they say in Japan- Kanpei!

ID: 31687 Last updated 14 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank46418
Overall Percentile7.4
Style Rank1187 of 1258
Style Percentile5.6
Lowest Score2.2
Highest Score2.9
Average Score2.550
Weighted Score2.820
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • EAGLEFAN538 2299 reviews
    rated 2.9 13 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 5 | Overall: 6

    On draft at Monks just ahead of realizing they had RR Temptation and Supplication bottles, both of which I easily transitioned to from this! Pour was golden in color, fake looking carbonated head. Aroma was the most strong combination of rice and light vanilla that I've had with pils type malts supporting. Flavor followed, definitely a grainy malt presence, but the rice and vanilla elements don't let you forget this isn't a normal brew. Mouthfeel had decent body for what I was expecting. Another fun brew to experience, but I didn't want more than one.... or even a full pint for that matter.

  • BOSOXBRENT 227 reviews
    rated 2.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 2 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 4 | Overall: 4

    I purchased this one at Perfect Pour in Columbia, MD. It was my first try of any of the Otter Creek World Tour series. Having gone to college in the home state of Otter Creek, I developed a liking for it and am always glad to see it available here in MD. I was intrigued by the use of sake yeast, having not seen anyone else do it before.

    The beer has a cloudy yellow color to it from the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. There was a light orange hue to it and when poured reveals a very thin, light white head. The aroma was a little on the gross side. The first thing I thought of when I smelled it was Spaghetti-Os. Anyone who has smelled a freshly opened can of Spaghetti-Os will know exactly what I mean. I really couldn't get past that smell though and I think it ruined my tasting. It is gross.

    I built up my courage to drink the beer and dove in, smell aside. The flavor up front wasn't that bad, but the back end wasn't that great. There was a light fruit and sugar flavor. You could definitely tell there was some starchiness from the rice. Unfortunately there was a pretty rough aftertaste that was pretty chalky.

    Overall, this was an experiment gone wrong and I'm not a fan. That's OK though, I'm all about breweries branching out and trying new things. This one just wasn't my cup of tea...or sake for that matter.

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